(I said "insane", because it was well out of my budget range, and it
got stuck in Turkish customs. I had to pay a fat customs duty fee. I finally
got it; it took about 2 weeks altogether.)
|It consists of three pieces:
|Here is the heart of the camera; the CCD that actually is the light-sensitive
part of the camera. I had read that a CCD is 1000 times more sensitive
than regular 35mm film. The chip is a Sony; and it roughly has 558x780
|Yeah this picture looks ugly when it's small (click on any of the pictures
to enlarge it). This is the computer interface. You connect one end to
the parallel port, and it has two wires coming out; one to the CCD and
the other to the power supply. It takes about 13 seconds to download a
picture to your PC. not too bad. There is also a USB version of this interface
that suppose to do the same in 4 seconds.
|Here you see the power supply and the camera head. It had a beautiful
British plug on it, with a built-in fuse. I had to remove and put a Turkish
plug on it. Too bad!
|here you see it attached to the telescope. I dont know why I had the
diagonal attached as well; but this was my first day, and I did not know
|This is the first night of the CCD camera!
Do you see the colorful thing under the scope, that's a money pouch! That's my counterweight!! :)
it has some plumbing supplies in the pouch, and works great :) and looks like hell. Then again, no one sees it because I turn off the lights!
|It comes with some decent software. It manages taking pictures, and
can do things like multiple pictures and automatic black frame removal.
It also has a focus mode where it keeps displaying what the camera is seeing
in a little window.
Oh yes, it also can set the exposure for you, too!
|Once you click the TAKE PHOTO, a picture appears in 13 seconds. Now
you can use the image processing tools of the software to get rid of glitches,
sharpen the picture, improve the contrast, whatever. To the left, you can
see the "stretching" operation in progress. This enables you to have true
whites, true blacks, and lots of colors in between!
For those who are curious: Thats part of Andromeda Galaxy, M31. A lttle skewed, and stars elongated because of my poor tracking.
|I really dont have too many pictures; most of my initial attempts have
had stars trailing.
I think that's M51..
|It's been said that everyone takes pictures of the Ring Nebula. I wonder why!
|More coming soon, I hope!